Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Rockin the night away

I had the best intentions today. I was going to spend this evening catching up on some blogs, doing a little William Faulkner research and cleaning up my email. I've neglected them all the last few days because of some unexpected engine troubles and then soon after, a 24 hour trip over to Corpus Christi.

But just before I settled in front of my computer with a cup of coffee, I caught wind of the benefit concert that was going on live in New York for the victims of hurricane Sandy. It was on TV. The line up of artists included, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, Billy Joel, Chris Martin and Paul McCartney. Damn. There goes the evening plans.

As a old fan of rock, I always love watching the pioneers perform even if some qualify for medicaid  Up until tonight, I always argued ( with the younger population ) that the old guys, The Stones, The Who, Clapton, Led Zepplin, even in their advanced age, could out rock any young group any time any place.
That was until tonight.

I hate to say this, but I think it's time they wheel Kieth Richards off stage, and Mick Jagger, who looks awesome and is in great shape can't hide the fact that he is approaching 70. There's nothing wrong with 70, but I think you need to stop ripping your shirt off and swaying your hips to "Start me Up" when your 70. I don't know, am I getting old?

Eric Clapton was amazing, because he wasn't pretending it was 1969. He was playing the hell out of that guitar as a 60 something. It worked.

The Who, well, I will go on record saying that they were my favorite band and I was always amazed at how good Roger Daultry, the lead singer sounded, even as he was getting older. But you can only run a marathon for so long. Sooner or later, you can't complete the 26 miles. Tonight, Roger showed that he had hit the wall. Just can't hit the high notes any longer. Pete Townshen, the lead guitar player who made his name way back at a little concert called Woodstock, still has it. He doesn't play as angry as he did in his youth, but that old boy can still rock.

I was following Facebook as I watched the concert, anxious at what my young friends would be saying. One person said, "Roger Daultry looks like the queen." As a Who fan, my heart skipped a beat. I wanted to comment, to defend him, but I couldn't. I had to agree. In a certain light he did resemble the queen.
That's a bummer.

For those keeping score:
Billy Joel, not a huge Joel fan but I appreciate what he does and he did a good job. He was good.
Alica Keys. On a scale of 1 to 100, she gets a 100. Have you seen this girl? And she can sing too.
Chris Martin, I caught the end of his act, he was good.
Paul McCartney, he's freekin PAUL MCCARTNEY. Of course he gets a 100.

Anyway, it was a pleasant way to spend the evening.
Did you happen to see it?


SueAnn Lommler said...

Nope...didn't catch it. The last time I saw Paul...he couldn't hold a tune. Sorry to see that!
You are right about Mick...time to put the hips up!

Formerly known as Frau said...

I caught parts of it and was so excited for that line up.Could you imagine being there live seriously when would anyone from this generation get to see live such a line up together. Eric was amazing! Rolling Stones omg I was worried Mick was going to break a hip and Keith needed a red bull! Granted they are almost 70 and boy they looked it and rocked it like 70 year olds! But still wow what a line up and such a great cause!

Jerral Miles said...

“Rockin the night away,” I started wondering if engine troubles on boats out where you can’t just walk off and get what is needed to fix things are mostly unexpected. I tried to put it in the context of my own professional experience with trouble (which, TG, retirement has put in the past; but creeping age, they tell me, has the non-professional kind waiting out in front of me), so I think I prefer the unexpected kind. Keep me guessing. I especially like your critique of aging (having become aged) rock stars who should hold back on the shirt ripping and hip swaying. I wish Keith Richards and Mick Jagger could read your Wednesday piece. I wonder if there’s any way to get it to them. Notice I didn’t say “put it to them.” By the way, there was a good model for all musicians in the life of Ravi Shankar. Wow! He knew how to go right up to the end with perfect dignity.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

I watched most of it but The Who dragged on way too long for me. And Roger should have kept his shirt buttoned. Loved Bruce and Bon Jovi. And Chris Martin was very good. The Stones should have stayed home:-(

beth said...

we missed it and never even saw it advertised.....shoot.